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Academic Film Archive of North America

The mission of The Academic Film Archive of North America (AFA) is to acquire, preserve, document, and promote academic film by providing an archive, resource, and forum for continuing scholarly advancement and public exhibition. The AFA defines academic film as any film in the broad subject areas of the Humanities and Sciences which were sold into secondary school, university, and public libraries. Such films might have been made by educational film companies, television networks, non-profit or...



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Academic Film Archive of North America
by Richard Leacock
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eye 134,766
favorite 163
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This PSSC film utilizes a fascinating set consisting of a rotating table and furniture occupying surprisingly unpredictable spots within the viewing area. The fine cinematography by Abraham Morochnik, and funny narration by University of Toronto professors Donald Ivey and Patterson Hume is a wonderful example of the fun a creative team of filmmakers can have with a subject that other, less imaginative types might find pedestrian.
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Topics: physics, science, PSSC
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Adam Dziesinski; Oddball Films
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eye 14,504
favorite 1
comment 0
This tribute video was made for the late Stephen Parr (1953-2017), founder of the Oddball Film Archives in San Francisco, California, by Oddball researcher Adam Dziesinski. Stephen had amassed some 50,000 reels of film and was one of the most prominent --- and loved --- archivists in the world. An obituary written by Laura Wenus in "Mission Life" quotes archivist Rick Prelinger: “Archives tend to be really closed places, behind closed doors, mysterious and to serve some people and...
Topic: film archive
Educational Films
by Thomas G. Smith
movies
eye 194,208
favorite 328
comment 4
This film examines the process of holography, types of holograms, and the uses of the hologram for artistic and scientific purposes, as demonstrated by Tung H. Jeong, PhD, Lake Forest College. About the film, director Tom Smith writes: "Nobel Prize winner Dennis Gabor, holography’s inventor, saw the film after it was made and said it was the best film on the subject that he had seen. It is such a visual subject it made for a good film. I knew the 3-D quality could only be appreciated if...
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Topics: Physics., Photography., Light.
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ray Garner
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eye 6,174
favorite 10
comment 0
In roughly 1950, Ray Garner filmed this silent footage home movie of wife Ginny and 5-year-old daughter Gay, probably taken in the Vulture Mountains Recreational Area near Hassayampa, Arizona. Gay and Ginny hang laundry, wash dishes, cook, and pitch tent. Ray pulls out one of Gay's upper teeth. The film shows the Garners' white Plymouth woodie wagon. A sign describes the "Hassayampa Legend," which suggests that women and girls who drink from the river will never tell the truth...
Topics: Vulture Mountains Recreation Area, Hassayampa, Arizona
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation.
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eye 4,209
favorite 13
comment 0
Film dramatizes one of the best-known incidents in English literature - the Christmas visit of Mr. Pickwick and his friends to Dingley Dell Farm. In the large parlor, everyone responds to the cordial atmosphere and joyous capers of Mr. Pickwick. From the Pickwick papers. For more on filmmaker John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: Dickens, Christmas
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Les Goldman
movies
eye 35,987
favorite 82
comment 5
A parable about the consequences of being a bystander to evil, from a disturbing poem by Maurice Ogden, read by Herschel Bernardi. Shadows and shifting geometric planes lend a Chirico-like quality to Julian's animation. Great musical score by Serge Hovey. About the film, Steve Goldman writes: "Les Goldman was my father. Creating this film was one of the most important accomplishments of his life. He was inspired to make this film after hearing the poem 'Hangman' read on Pacifica Radio in...
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Topics: animation, death, horror
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Lee Bobker/Lester Becker
movies
eye 28,435
favorite 53
comment 3
The Black upper middle-class Myers family moves into all-white Levittown, PA in August, 1957, and are snubbed and mistreated, in this powerful landmark documentary showcasing racism in the United States.
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Topics: african-american, black, racism, housing, urban
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Gene Kearney
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eye 29,208
favorite 140
comment 16
Alienation, angst, and schizophrenia are powerful themes addressed by Kearney in this forgotten masterpiece. From a story by Conrad Aiken.
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Topics: schizophrenia, teen angst
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Carson "Kit" Davidson
movies
eye 18,142
favorite 17
comment 1
Here, a 25 ton block of granite being burned, drilled, and blasted from the heart of a Vermont mountain, focusing on the machinery used. Filmed at the Rock of Ages Quarry in Barre, VT. For more on filmmaker Carson Davidson, visit http://www.afana.org/davidsoncarson.htm
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Topics: quarry, Barre
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Carroll Films
movies
eye 17,423
favorite 27
comment 1
Shows the San Jose Mercury News of 1970 in all elements of production. Briefly shows the IBM 1130 mainframe computer (http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/1130/1130_intro.html)
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Topics: publishing, media
Academic Film Archive of North America
movies
eye 14,280
favorite 9
comment 0
Liberace winks at the camera, reminisces about the past, and sends a turkey to its doom, performing 'Turkey In The Straw' and 'Shine On Harvest Moon.'
Topics: Liberace, piano
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Richard Leacock
movies
eye 15,525
favorite 22
comment 2
Here, manic Princeton professor Eric Rogers hosts, continually removing and replacing his eyeglasses, ordering around lab assistants --- he forcefully breaks a glass test tube in the hands of an assistant to demonstrate the inelasticity of water --- and furiously pounds equations on a blackboard (Leacock says the scribblings must have lasted 45 minutes, in what must be one of the more necessary cuts in the history of educational film.) Rogers finally conducts an experiment with a young girl,...
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Topic: Physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Scholastic Magazines, inc.
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eye 2,009
favorite 12
comment 0
   This is one of the films in the 'Toute La Bande' series. This film is a landmark of interracial personal relationships in educational films. In his book 'Films You Saw in School,' (McFarland) Geoff Alexander writes: ‘Toute La Bande’ was an exceptional thirteen-part French language instruction series of 1970, created by language educator Mary Glasgow and produced by Donald Carter. [1] Each film in the series consists of a light drama, sequentially beginning with the arrival of a student...
Topics: French, foreign language teaching
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bruce and Katharine Cornwell
movies
eye 34,357
favorite 106
comment 5
Bruce and Katharine Cornwell are primarily known for a series of remarkable animated films on the subject of geometry. Created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal, they are brilliant short films, tracing Klee-like geometric shapes to intriguing music, including the memorable 'Bach meets Third Steam Jazz' musical score in ‘Congruent Triangles.’ In this melding of art and science, the Cornwells create a quasi-hypnotic take on a mathematical construct. More on the Cornwells at...
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Topic: mathematics, science
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Carson Davidson
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eye 6,732
favorite 12
comment 0
A portrait of the Third Avenue Elevated Railway in New York City in 1955. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive. The music is Haydn’s Concerto in D, played by harpsichordist Wanda Landowska. Davidson was a great fan of Landowska, and the rights to the music were held by HMV, who told the filmmaker that he could use the music, provided Landowska gave her approval. Through her secretary, Davidson discovered that Landowska distrusted filmmakers, had only seen one film in her life (which she...
Topics: New York City, Trains, Elevated Railway
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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eye 2,770
favorite 2
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Presents aspects of day-to-day life in Venice, a city that is most renowed for its historic sites and large tourist trade. Tells a story about a boy who loses a prized model ship on the waterways of his city. For elementary grades. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: Venice
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bruce And Katharine Cornwell
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eye 32,824
favorite 138
comment 7
'Journey to the Center of a Triangle' (1976) 8m, dir. Bruce & Katharine Cornwell. Another fabulous film by the Cornwells, created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal. Presents a series of animated constructions that determine the center of a variety of triangles, including such centers as circumcenter, incenter, centroid and orthocenter. The music is Bach's preludes 8 (Eb minor) and 12 (F minor) from the Well Tempered Clavier. More on the Cornwells at http://www.afana.org/cornwell.htm...
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Topics: mathematics, science
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Johanna Alemann
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eye 2,335
favorite 6
comment 0
Reveals the many-sided heritage of American architecture. Explains that traditions in architecture were brought to the United States by people of many different nationalities, and that they were blended with historical styles reaching back in time to ancient Greece and Rome to produce a culture uniquely American. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
Topic: architecture
Academic Film Archive of North America
by David Loeb Weiss.
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eye 4,839
favorite 11
comment 0
(1978) 30m, dir. David Loeb Weiss. On July 2, 1978, the last hot lead edition of the New York Times rolled off the presses. Weiss, a proofreader for the Times, documented the phasing out of this historical process, and what impresses us now, beyond the Ludlow machine (which casts the lead at 535 degrees), the Linotype machine (operated for the last time by Carl Schlesinger, who also narrates the film), and the presses, is the incredible noise generated by all these people and devices. The...
Topics: newspaper, linotype, typesetting
Academic Film Archive of North America
by William Deneen
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eye 13,144
favorite 19
comment 1
A dramatization of a Roman boy's friendship with a slave in his father's household. Depicts, through the young boys' experiences and activities, the way of life and customs of ancient Rome. Some dialogue in Latin. This film was one of three made by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films' Bill Deneen utilizing the sets from Samuel Bronston's epic 'The Fall of the Roman Empire.' This 'Claudius' was actually one of two released concurrently by EB, one with and one without dialogue in Latin, and is...
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Topics: Encyclopedia Britannica Films, William Deneen, Samuel Bronston, Latin dialogue
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ray Garner
movies
eye 5,645
favorite 18
comment 1
'Ancient World, The: Greece' (1955) 66m, dir. ray Garner. This film recreates the ancient Greek world through its extant art and literature. The narration is from translations of Greek authors, including Hesiod, Pindar, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, and Plutarch, and accompanies visual impressions of Greek religious philosophy and history through the golden age. The film features spectacular footage of Crete, Knossos, Mycenae, and the sculptures of...
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Academic Film Archive of North America
by Eugene W. Castle
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eye 10,147
favorite 24
comment 2
Castle Films, whose series ‘The Adventure Parade’ resulted in a number of commercially exotic films on ethnic traditions and cultures, actually utilized authentic music in this film, instead of the boring orchestral scores that were more typical of the era. Although the continued use of the term "these little men", and the embarrassing attempt to comically portray an older member of the group as a cynic seems condescending to present-day sensibilities, the faithful recording of...
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Topics: pygmy, Africa, Werner Herzog
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bert Salzman
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eye 5,531
favorite 21
comment 4
For most of his life, Angel has been a migrant worker, helping his family as they move from place to place picking crops. When a phone won't work, Angel enlists "Big Joe's" aid to repair it and from then on a friendship develops. Joe and the boy team up to start a rose-growing business. A call from Angel's father comes, the family must leave. Angel can stay with Joe and the promise of a future, or he can go with his family and continue in the uncertain lifestyle of his parents....
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Topics: Bert Salzman, Academy Award
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Edward English
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eye 12,212
favorite 29
comment 2
Lisl Weil, a dancer who often performed in New York with friend Tommy Scherman and his Little Orchestra Society, was also a splendid charcoal artist. Here, accompanied by Sherman’s musical interpretation of the Paul Dukas classic, she soars across the screen, drawing abstract characters on a massive blank board in a timeless, fun film that juxtaposes wonderfully with the better-known Disney treatment in 'Fantasia.'
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Topics: charcoal, dukas
Academic Film Archive of North America
by William Deneen
movies
eye 9,388
favorite 19
comment 1
Explains how Japan's rapid industrial growth has influenced the way of life in the country and has affected the international political and economic position of the country. Suggests that Japan turned to industrialization to support a rapidly growing population on a small and relatively poor land area. Deneen shot the aerial shots himself alone, while piloting a single-engine aircfraft, pointing the camera out the window. As an extra, Deneen appears on-camera in a 3:53 non-distributed film,...
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Topic: Japan Asia, industrial
Academic Film Archive of North America
movies
eye 7,533
favorite 14
comment 1
Mona's Candle Light was discovered among reels of film that Geoff Alexander, of the Bay Area-based Academic Film Archive of North America, bought at a flea market in an unmarked box. There are no credits, so it is impossible to determine who shot it and for what purpose. The film is 1950s footage, probably amateur, of a well know lesbian club (which had opened in the 1930s), Mona's Candle Light, and it is an invaluable document of that underground scene. The film opens with a panning shot of...
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Topics: drag king, lesbian nightclub
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Richard Leacock
movies
eye 14,558
favorite 32
comment 4
In the hands of another director, the inner-workings of a magnet laboratory could have caused a whole classroom to fall asleep of boredom. No so when Leacock was hired to produce this twenty-minute version of lab mayhem. Try this: six researchers in a lab at MIT in the late 1950's show-off the power of electro-magnets, and in the process, accidentally set an experiment on fire(Leacock says he did a retake without the fire, but preferred the immediacy of the fire sequence and kept it in). Or...
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Topics: magnet, degauss, physics, science, PSSC, Leacock
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Terra Productions
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eye 93
favorite 3
comment 0
A portrait of a country and its long relationship with the United States and a report on the political, economic and social crisis emerging in Puerto Rico today.
Topic: Puerto Rico
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Richard A. Reynolds
movies
eye 959
favorite 2
comment 0
Years ago, artists would walk around the muck at the edge of the San Francisco Bay in Emeryville, and build loads of sculptures out there on the flats, created from driftwood and found objects that drivers would enjoy as they motored south on the old Highway 17 (known in numerous radio ads as 'Highway 17, The Nimitz'). Grabbing material off someone else’s work was considered fair game and part of the fun, and contributed a kinetic dynamic to the ongoing display. Now the place is a park, and...
Topics: San Francisco Bay, wood sculpture
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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eye 2,433
favorite 7
comment 0
Presents geographic and cultural aspects of Italy with an account of one family living on a small farm, who, unlike many Italians seeking modernization, avoid mechanization in preference for a simple way of life. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: Italy
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Claude Lelouch
movies
eye 43,463
favorite 58
comment 2
Far more than a travelogue with pretty pictures, this little-known film won six international awards shortly after its release. 'Iran' consists of spectacular geographical and archaeological footage interspersed with "slice of life" shots, evidencing best juxtapositional editing we've ever seen. This is a buried masterpiece from the director of 'A Man and a Woman,' 'Happy New Year,' and 'And Now My Love.' Lelouch reportedly shot six miles of footage to make this film, which apparently...
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Topic: Persia, Petroleum, Qashqai, nomad, Islam, mosque
Academic Film Archive of North America
by EDC (Education Development Center)
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eye 3,201
favorite 10
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Professor Byron L Youtz uses a stream of electrons accelerated through mercury vapor to show that the kinetic energy of the electrons is transferred to the mercury atoms only in discrete packets of energy. Establishes the association of the quantum of energy with a line in the spectrum of mercury. Points out that the Frank-Hertz experiment was one of the earliest indications of the existence of internal energy states within the atom. Includes an epilogue by James Franck. A PSSC (Physical...
Topics: physics, PSSC, experiments, electrons
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Clifford B. West
movies
eye 1,028
favorite 15
comment 1
Here, Clifford West explores the human body through non-traditional abstract focusing technique. Norma Dupire, the model in the film, writes: "I was a 20-yr-old student wife working as an art model in Detroit and pregnant with my first child. I borrowed a car on a summer morning in 1962 to get out to the studio in Mr. West's house in Bloomfield Hills. It was a three-hour session of easy poses because most of that time Mr. West was adjusting equipment. His directing was quite relaxed, he...
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Topics: poetry, experimental
Academic Film Archive of North America
by BFA Educational Media, Bernard Wilets.
movies
eye 92
favorite 1
comment 0
In a beautiful teahouse setting, the historical background and current social role of three major Japanese instruments, the koto, the shamisen and the shakuhachi, are discussed. Includes traditional Japanese singing and playing, with a performance by an ensemble of the instruments.
Topics: Japan, music, koto, shamisen, shakuhachi, Bernard Wilets
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Thomas G. Smith
movies
eye 3,494
favorite 10
comment 1
This important film presents the American Indian speaking for himself ---discussing what he wants and how he feels. It features historically important Native Americans such as Chief Dan George and Lame Deer, and focuses on three American Indian tribes and how they are surviving. Reverend Cliff Hill describes how the Muskogee Creek are fighting to maintain their language, and the Ceremonial Stomp Dance is shown. Medicine Man Lame Deer (John Fire) addresses aspects of the Rosebud Sioux existence,...
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Academic Film Archive of North America
by George Kaczender
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eye 16,795
favorite 43
comment 0
Explores the theories of Karl Marx and how they evolved as the major ideology of one third of the world. The production examines the roots of Marxism and carefully discloses the contradiction between Marx's hopes and today's reality. For more on director George Kaczender, visit http://www.afana.org/kaczender.htm
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Yvonne Anderson
movies
eye 1,636
favorite 16
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Let's Make a Film (1971) 13m. Explores the activities of the Yellow Ball Workshop, Newton, Massachusetts, which involves young people from the ages of eight through eighteen who create their own films. Individual students demonstrate and discuss the steps involved in preparing their films and show the finished product. Three films being shown made in this film, 'The Enlightenment,' 'Eden,' and 'Just a Fishment of My Imagination,' are included in Andersen's 'Plum Pudding.' For more on Yvonne...
Topic: student-made film
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John W. Barnes, Anti-defamation League in cooperation with the Parkway Community House of Chicago and the Chicago Commons Association
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eye 46
favorite 0
comment 0
The story of a summer camp in which children of different racial backgrounds participate. Points out that the prejudices of the children, when present, are the results of their parents' attitudes. Depicts the natural instincts for friendliness between Negro and white children.
Topics: summer camp, race relations
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Encyclopedia Britannica
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eye 613
favorite 13
comment 0
Examines geological forces causing the formation of a shield volcano. Shows how the massive lava flow from Mauna Ulu volcano, the first new mountain in the United States in recent history, has reshaped surrounding island terrain. Describes the methods and instruments used by geologists studying volcanic activity.  Uses film footage produced over a five - year period to document an extended Hawaiian volcanic eruption from which, in the early 1970's, a whole new mountain emerged. Reveals how the...
Topics: volcano, geology, Mauna Ulu, Hawaii, Maui
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corp.
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eye 1,082
favorite 18
comment 0
Uses principles discovered in the laboratory as a basis for interpreting the characteristics of waves and wave motion on the sea surface. Identifies wind as the most common source of a wave's energy, and points out that observation of waves in a tank reveals that the particles in a wave describe circular orbits of a size inversely related to depth.
Topic: waves
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Merle Norman Cosmetics.; Modern Talking Picture Service.
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eye 1,637
favorite 14
comment 1
Singer Vikki Carr demonstrates the forerunner of today's phonograph, the automatic musical instrument. She explains the hidden mechanisms whereby priceless pianos are played by the 'invisible hands' of pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski and composer - pianist Edvard Grieg, repeating precisely their performance of 50 years ago. These old orchestrations duplicate sounds of entire orchestras, played by player piano, automatic banjo, and other automatic instruments. Carr sings along with some of them in...
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Topic: player pianos
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Carson "Kit" Davidson
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eye 10,450
favorite 82
comment 3
Fourteen international awards, including an Academy Award, Nomination and the Special Prize of the Jury, Cannes Intl Festival. Presents a surrealistic and humorous satire on the Madison Avenue image of the world through advertising. The terrific jazz soundtrack was done by Bob Brookmeyer and Gerry Mulligan, who was a friend of filmmaker Carson "Kit" Davidson. This film was restored courtesy the Academy Film Archive. More on Davidson and his other films you can view at...
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Topics: experimental, jazz, dada, surrealism
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Johanna Alemann
movies
eye 2,424
favorite 11
comment 0
Describes the foundations of European culture and society in the Middle Ages, from 1200 to 1500 ACE. Discusses the church, nobility, and the emperors, three pillars of early medieval society. Describes changes that reshaped Europe and resulted in the present Western civilization, including the advent of small towns along trade routes, the Magna Carta, the development of the middle class, and the formation of hospitals and universities. Explains the intellectual awakening during the transition...
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Kent Wilson
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eye 5,308
favorite 13
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Directed by Gabriel Weiss. One of the strangest, fun, and perhaps most unforgettable films in the science genre was this, produced by University of California at San Diego chemistry professor Kent Wilson, and choreographed by Weiss’ future wife and 1969 America’s Junior Miss, Jackie Benington. After a short description of the interaction between “stars” 30s Ribosome, mRNA, and Initiator Factor One by Stanford’s Nobel Prize-winning Paul Berg, the camera moves to an open field at...
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Topics: protein, DNA, RNA
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Jan Lenica
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eye 10,026
favorite 45
comment 2
A animated version of Ionesco’s tale, a play on the theme of conformity.
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Topics: animation, poland
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bruce Russell
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eye 17,674
favorite 93
comment 3
To say Russell makes films on biology is sort of like saying Rodin threw some clay on a table and a few minutes later came up with a figure representative of a human. 'Light Microscope' starts out didactically (Russell was a former K-12 biology teacher) in instructing the student on proper microscope technique, then goes off into the hyperspace of lighting techniques, using light and colored filters, that make otherwise difficult-to-see phenomena visible. This film, frankly, borders on...
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Topics: biology, science, volvox, hydra, amoeba
Academic Film Archive of North America
by BCC-TV
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eye 2,694
favorite 23
comment 0
Examines the nature of sound waves and demonstrates how to measure the speed of sound and diffraction and interference of sound waves.
Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Silas Johnson
movies
eye 43,891
favorite 29
comment 5
Johnson is another "lost" filmmaker, who worked out of Coronado, California. This film boasts beautiful color footage of old Baja, before Pemex stations lined the Cuota and Libre. Hunt travels from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas, enchantingly stopping at the waterless village of Magdalena Bay, Tortuga Bay, and the vineyards at Santo Tomás.
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Topics: Santa Tomas, Magdalena, Tortuga, Baja, Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Philip Stapp
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eye 10,149
favorite 80
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'Symmetry' (1966) 10m, dir. Philip Stapp Stapp was one of the greatest animators working in the 1950-1975 era, using stylized, often pointillist abstract imagery, in a floating world sometimes surrealist, at other times reminiscent of Japanese "ukiyo-e" illustration. His spectacular 'Symmetry' is his greatest film, a fantasy of dancing images breaking apart, spinning, and converging. For more information on Stapp, visit: http://www.afana.org/stapp.htm
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Topic: Animation
Academic Film Archive of North America
by William Deneen Productions
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eye 79,737
favorite 56
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Sponsored by the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, Bill Deneen traveled three days by bullock cart to the remote Keng Tung Leprosy Colony (today called Naung Kan) run by Father Cesare Columbo in Kengtung (Kyiang Tong), Burma. Intended to be used for fundraising, the film is a fascinating documentary about a humanitarian effort that would soon be terminated by the Burmese government. Shortly after the film was made, Columbo was deported, never to return. He is still fondly remembered by...
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Topics: Burma, Myanmar, leprosy, Hansen's Disease, Cesare Colombo
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Jon Wilkman Productions
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eye 1,871
favorite 8
comment 1
Examines the people, industry, economy, and landscape of the agricultural Midwest of the United States.
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Topics: United States, geography
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Francis J. Rose, Highway Safety Films
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eye 2,230
favorite 11
comment 4
This film, made for the Highway Safety Foundation, was shot at a Sunbeam appliance factory, was meant to show 60's plant managers how to prevent employee theft. The plant is surrounded by barbed wire, and the good guys go around checking lunch pails (one of the employees is shown hiding a clothes iron in it beforehand). Right off the bat, you start pulling for the employees, taking glee in every theft. Terrible microphone placement is one of the hallmarks of this remarkable period piece on...
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Topics: afana, highway safety films, academic film, employee theft
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Homer Groening
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eye 40,293
favorite 48
comment 2
Ever wonder how Matt Groening of 'The Simpsons' got his quirky sense of humor? Probably from his filmmaker dad, Homer Groening, who passed away in 1996. Although known for his documentaries, Homer Groening directed and narrated this film, ostensibly about color, but filled with an ongoing series of bikini-clad bathing beauties. The film is perhaps best viewed as a graphic artifact that will interest media historians seeking additional insight into the elements that influenced the cartoonist.
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Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bert Salzman
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eye 3,713
favorite 7
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A bilingual girl of Mexican-American parents has ambitions to be teacher. She gets early experience when she helps her uncle learn English so he can obtain a driver’s license for a new job. Awards: Columbus Film Festival : ”Best Film in category” Aired on CBS Children’s Film Festival
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Topic: Bert Salzman
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Frank Paine
movies
eye 4,732
favorite 22
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'Birch Canoe Builder' (1970) 20m, dir. Craig Hinde. Presents a study of the life of 80 year old Bill Hafeman, of Big Fork, MN, a woodsman and craftsman, who builds canoes from birch bark, cedar planks and spruce roots in the traditional Indian way, utilizing neither nails nor glue. Shows him constructing a canoe accompanied by his wife, Violet, as he describes his life in the forest environment and reflects on the importance of preserving ecological order.
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Topics: Native American craft, afana, canoe
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by Weston Woods
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Creator of the Mr. Magoo and Tom Terrific animated characters, Deitch has spent the last several decades in Prague, directing films based on children’s picture books along with his wife and colleague, Zdenka Deitchova. Here, Deitch describes the painstaking process of animating a picture book for film and selecting a musical score. For more on Deitch, visit Creator of the Mr. Magoo and Tom Terrific animated characters, Deitch has spent the last several decades in Prague, directing films based...
Topics: Gene Deitch, picture books, animation
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by Educational Services Inc.; Physical Science Study Committee.
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Professor Richard H. Bolt discusses sound wave phenomena, how sound travels, and how it is reflected. The film demonstrates that sound is a wave phenomenon and thus can also move around barriers. Also the film shows how sound waves can be refracted through a lens. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Topics: pssc, physics
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by Gerald McDermott
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Tha late Gerald McDermott was an exceptional animator who made only five short animated films before he changed careers and became a Caldecott Award-winning children's author. 'Sun Flight' has been out of distribution for years. For a biography and filmography, visit McDermott's AFA page at: www.afana.org/mcdermott.htm
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Topics: animation, myth
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Deals with the macabre humor of an old Welsh ballad in cartoon form. Drawings by Carol Roe (sister of director Stuart Roe), folk ballad sung by Dave Zeitlin. An animated film made during UCLA's Department of Theater Arts Extension animation workshop course, Fall 1954.
Topics: Carol roe, animation
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by Bert Salzman
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Miguel, a Puerto Rican boy has moved to New York City with his family. He finds his ability to speak English and Spanish puts him at an advantage in assisting his family in their new surroundings. Miguel later stretches his ingenuity to an extreme when, to put food on his family’s table, he goes fishing in the heavily polluted East River. A moving and amusing film with many suprises. Awards: Winner Columbus Film Festival; Best in Category Aired on CBS Childrens Film Festival Columbus Film...
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Topic: Bert Salzman
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by Castle Films
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'Magicians of India' (1940?) 10m, uncredited director. This gem combines the best in colonialist attitudes with some truly amazing magic from the fakirs shot in real-time with no edits (we can't figure how they do it either).
Topics: magicians, India, fakirs, street performers
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by Gerald McDermott
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The late Gerald McDermott made this, his first commercial film at the age of 19, an extremely complex animation short featuring approximately 2000 animation cels presented in six minutes. The production was handled by an uncredited Harrison Engle, later noted as a documentary filmmaker. Influenced by Klee and Matisse, McDermott used silk-screen as well as traditional painting techniques in crafting ethnographic folk tale animation shorts. With films that are startling in intensity, and majestic...
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Topics: Animation, Japan, folktale
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by Thomas G. Smith
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Tom Smith headed up the Special Effects team at Industrial Light & Magic, where he created all the goodies for the 'Star Wars' films. This is his academic film masterwork, which took over a year to create, over 13 weeks to film, and utilized "traveling mattes," with as many as five separate films running in the background, showcasing wonderful models and graphics. About the making of the film, Tom Smith writes: "I made that film in 1976 with Richard Basehart as narrator and a...
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Topics: space, universe, Industrial Light and Magic, ILM
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by Educational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.; Physical Science Study Committee.
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Dr. Alfred G. Redfield performs a simplified Millikan experiment photographed through the microscope. Substituting standard spheres for oil drops, he demonstrates the effect of X-rays and the relationship of the charge to the velocity of the spheres. Professor Francis L. Friedman explains that charge comes in natural units that are all alike, and points out numerous changes of charge. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Topics: pssc, physics
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In The sixth and final film in Bernard Wilets's Man and the State series is a dramatization of the controversy between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson as the two historical figures debate various crises in American history. They are raised from the dead, awaken, debate the Civil War, the Great Depression, and Vietnam, then are returned to their deaths. Filmmaker Bernard Wilets shown briefly on camera, sitting to the right of the camera, wearing a cap. For more on filmmaker Bernard...
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Topic: Man and State, Drama, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson
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by Vincent R. Tortora
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Explores the history, traditions and practices of the Lubavitch Hasidic Community of New York. Visits their synagogue, homes, school and other parts of their community. Incorporates Chabad - Hasidic - songs and melodies in the soundtrack
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Topics: Judaism, Lubavitch, Chabad
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by Clifford B. West
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Here, director Clifford B. West looks at the art of casting Renaissance bronzes as a historian, appreciator, critic, and craftsman. This film traces bronze from its discovery in Mesopotamia in the third millenium BCE to the 20th century. The film begins with historian Bruno Bearzi showing Donatello's modifications, and his 14 separate castings, on the colossal bronze of St. Louis of Toulouse at the Museo dell'Opera. Then, a visit to the Hades-like Fonderia Ferdinando Marinelli, where four...
Topics: Donatello, Museo Dell'Opera, Harry Bertoia
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by Leo A. Handel; Monroe Manning
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A Mexican-American who feels culturally deprived and unsure of his identity is shown his cultural heritage. Discusses Mexican history, how Spanish words, architecture, and music have become part of American culture, and the contributions of outstanding Mexican-Americans. Narrated by Ricardo Montalban, who makes a brief appearance. Several in director Leo Handel's personal circle had cameos in the film. His secretary Laura appears at 17:37, looking at clothing. Her successor, Carol Nocella is...
Topics: Mexican-American, Chicano, culture
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by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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In four minutes and not moving from one spot, Marcel Marceau conveys the seven ages of mankind, beginning with life emerging from the womb, through the cycles of life to the grave. Marceau believes "this pantomime reveals maybe the best of what mime can do in condensing time." For more on filmmaker John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
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Topic: pantomime
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This film discusses the pottery industry of Puebla, Mexico and describes the creation of Talavera tile. Here we see the entire process, beginning with digging mud and preparing clay. The film shows potters, painters, and firing in the kilns of the La Trinidad factory. Shows use of lead-based slip (not approved by OSHA) and perforated squares used to outline the designs in the tiles for the painters.   A beautiful and lost film detailing an important element in the culture of Puebla.
Topics: Mexico, pottery
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Meant to be shown to students learning Spanish, this film transcends the didactic, providing a glimpse into the Mexico that has, in many places, all too quickly disappeared. Pepita and her uncle travel to Lake Pátzcuaro, home of the Purepecha indigenous group, get their pictures taken by a lakeside photographer, see wonderful dancers, and attend a birthday party. A sweet, moving, wonderful film. (In Spanish)
Topics: Purepecha, Patzcuaro, Mexico
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a fast POV trip through the streets of Paris.
Topic: Paris
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by Milan Herzog; Physical Science Study Committee. Physics.; Educational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.
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In this classic Physical Science Study Committee (PSSC) film, MIT professor John G. King discusses the concept of time and shows various devices used to measure and record time intervals from 1 second down to 10 seconds. He points out that the accuracy of a clock can be judged only by comparison with another clock. The question of what time is, psychologically and physically, is raised briefly as well as the question of a possible limit to the subdivision of time. The film features noted...
Topic: PSSC
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by Physical Science Study Committee.; Educational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.
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Explains the law of universal gravitation by imagining a solar system of one star and one planet. Professors Patterson Hume and Donald Ivey as inhabitants of planet X describe the process by which they derived the law in their solar system. Demonstrates the kinematics and dynamics of planetary motion using a large turntable as a model of a solar system. Displays satellite orbits as figured by a digital computer. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit...
Topics: pssc, physics
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by Intl Film Foundation
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Homage à François Couperin (1978) 2m, dir. Philip Stapp. Also known as "Butterflies". A three-minute fantasy of butterflies and dragonflies cavorting amongst the pussywillows, Japanese-inspired animation accompanied by two variations on keyboard works by the Baroque composer. Uses a pointillist technique to provide a stroboscopic illusion where recognizable shapes become fluid abstractions, and where time is stretched to reveal the main patterns of the choreography. Exhibits a...
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Topics: animation, Couperin, baroque, music